Adolescence is a pivotal time in all of our lives. This particular stage comes with a number of changes from physical to emotional and societal. The truth is, during this period there are a number of factors that come into play and this is often a stage where mental health issues come into fruition. If unrecognized mental health issues extend into adulthood, they can continue to plague individuals even more seriously as adults, long after their teen years. As a counselor for teen girls and pre-teens in the Denver area, I hope this article brings awareness of your own teen’s behaviors and mood, so that you can enlist therapeutic counseling and gentle mental health resources for their ultimate happiness and success.
Pre-Teen Mental Health
Female pre-teen years are no walk in the park. This transitionary period comes chalk full of very big life changes from menstruation and physical body changes to societal and social pressures. While teens are still navigating these new situations, new emotions and factors come into play. During this period it is essential to develop and maintain habits that promote a healthy physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
Being A Girl Is Hard
Lets face it, at times it may feel like being a girl is difficult. You’re constantly surrounded by other girls that you think are prettier, skinnier, smarter, etc. While these thoughts are not true, during pre teen years girls are experiencing a big shift in their emotions and can begin to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
While mental health is a widespread issue, during teen years teen girls are particularly prone to develop anxiety and depression. Girls have a tendency to mature faster than boys at the same age and these vulnerabilities can be negatively transformed into things like depression, anxiety, or just general negative self thoughts.
Tips To Look For
Teens are infamous for being moody. However, there are times when these mood swings may be signs for a bigger issue at hand. If you believe your teen is suffering there may be some warning signs to look out for such as:
- Changes in energy
- Lack of sleep or changes in sleeping patterns
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in motivation
- Mention of negative or suicidal thoughts
Finding a Teen Counselor for Girls in Denver, Colorado
Hi, I’m Claire Eliassen, LPC and the founder of Audacious Therapy. If you think your teen may be struggling with mental health issues it may be time to contact a professional and come up with a plan to overcome these struggles and work towards mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Audacious Therapy is a safe place to work through your feelings and come up with a plan to regain your happiness.
At Audacious Therapy, our goal is to help you or your child find your way towards being your best self. By using techniques like play therapy our hope is to help children overcome the hurdles they are facing. If you feel like your child needs some guidance or you’re seeking an encouraging and safe environment for your child, book a consultation online!